Malam Adamu Fika, an esteemed elder statesman and accomplished administrator, passed away at the age of 90.
He had been battling health issues and, sadly, he breathed his last while returning from a London hospital to Kaduna.
Join us as we pay tribute to the remarkable life and contributions of this eminent figure.
Malam Adamu Fika was born in Fika in 1933. He embarked on his educational journey at Kaduna Government College and the Nigerian College of Arts, Science, and Technology, now known as Ahmadu Bello University.
His academic pursuits laid the foundation for a lifetime of dedicated service and leadership.
Commencing his career as a Mathematics and Physics teacher at Barewa College in Zaria, Malam Adamu Fika left an indelible mark on his students.
His influence extended to notable figures like General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma and the late Emir of Lafia, Isa Mustapha Agwai.
Throughout his career, Malam Adamu Fika held pivotal positions, including Permanent Secretary of various federal ministries, such as Internal Affairs, Commerce, and Communications.
He also served as the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, where he made invaluable contributions to the nation’s development.
His principled resignation, prompted by concerns over the division of the office of the Secretary to the Government and Head of Service to the federation, highlighted his commitment to a strong civil service.
Malam Adamu Fika’s exceptional service did not go unnoticed. In 1992, he was awarded the Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR) by the Federal Government.
This recognition underscored his dedication, integrity, and leadership skills, which made him a highly respected figure in Nigeria.
Malam Adamu Fika’s passing is a profound loss to the nation. He leaves behind a legacy of excellence, professionalism, and selflessness.
His contributions to education, public service, and the development of Nigeria will be remembered and cherished for generations to come.
Coincidentally, last week, the Governor of Yobe State, His Excellency Mai Mala Buni, visited Malam Adamu Fika on his sickbed at the London hospital during a working visit to the United Kingdom.
This gesture exemplified the deep respect and admiration Malam Adamu Fika commanded.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends, and all those whose lives were touched by his remarkable presence. May his soul rest in eternal peace.